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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is the kind of jam packed weekend where there is so much going on, you’re going to wish that you could be in more than one place at once. With both Capital Pride and Arboretum Arts Festival spanning the whole weekend, there is more than enough to keep even the busiest of bees busied. Thursday marks the final day to catch World Press Photos at the War Museum. A compilation of the year’s best in photojournalism, it is something you want to be sure not to miss. After the War... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching out into Ought

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Photo by Victoria Davis used with permission from Constellation RecordsPhoto by Victoria Davis used with permission from Constellation Records

Montreal-based Ought roll into Ottawa on Thursday for the Arboretum music festival, joining the likes of Fresh Snow, Blue Angel, and Freelove Fenner to crush out spirited and engaging tunes at House of Targ. Their album More Than Any Other Day is a rebel-rousing maelstrom at once caustic and emotive, flickering with paradox and tension. It simply howls out of the computer. Amidst a whirlwind of touring, we caught up with the band to chat about the album, their sound, and their new home on Constellation Records. Sandro Marcon: If I were to walk into a restaurant... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… Bosveld.

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On Wednesday eve, Ottawa’s Bosveld will combine with Evening Hymns and Julie Dorion and the Wooden Stars to create a savory folk buffet sure to gratify a wide range of tastes. Grab your musical fork, your musical spoon, your musical toothpick, your musical… can-opener? Bosveld explains. Sandro Marcon: Describe the kind of restaurant that would have “Bosveld” on its menu as its feature dish? Bosveld: There’s this diner-style restaurant chain that’s big in South Africa called Wimpy’s. Terrible food, but conceivably they would have a Bosveld platter on the menu. A can of pork and beans,... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… Her Harbour

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Photo courtesy of Her Harbour.Photo courtesy of Her Harbour.

If you’ve never heard of Her Harbour, then tonight is as good a time as any to sail the seas. The act will be playing alongside Jesse MacCormack at Le Troquet on Rue Laval in Hull. Expect cascading, enigmatic, beautifully powerful soundscapes that are magisterially rendered and charged like lightening. Sandro (S): First off, where does the name ‘Her Harbour’ come from? Her Harbour (H): From a misunderstanding actually. I knew I didn’t want to release the record under my own name and had been weighing project names for a while.... | Continue reading article

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Hull your ass across the River! Arboretum will make it worth your while

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Arboretum is taking the party to Hull with a full night of programming across the river, including shows at Le Troquet and Le Petit Chicago. This will be a great opportunity to increase our cultural dialogue  across the river and help extend the festival audience. Nicolas Sylvestre, of the Fau Mardi collective, (a group that links DJs, VJs, producers and other technology-engaged artists together for events and shows) believes that people who cross the river to work should really think more about getting to know the community after hours. “Reality... | Continue reading article

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Arbor acts, eat’m: Branching into… Adam Saikaley

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Photo courtesy of Adam Saikaley.Photo courtesy of Adam Saikaley.

Just over 20 years ago, New York’s Beastie Boys released their fourth album, Ill Communication.  Weaving together the sounds of punk, funk and hip-hop with live instrumentation and inventive, abstract sampling, the album touched on much of what many would consider delicious from the 90s. Now is a rare chance to hear the whole thing live, performed tonight at the Manx by non-other than Ottawa’s own Adam Saikaley and crew. That’s the scoop, so don’t be a bobo on the corner, tough guy. Get it together, and do it. Sandro... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 13 août 2014 :: Prestation live de Chloé Perrault de la formation Dogwood! Vivez l’art sur la rue Principale à Aylmer. Le Festival Arboretum s’active sur les deux côtés de la rive!

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L’équipe de Basement 819 s’élargit avec notre maintenant plus-si-nouveau-que-ça collaborateur Jo Chapeau. En juin dernier, il est venu nous présenter les dessous de la riche scène culturelle de la région. Nous l’avons adopté et imploré de revenir parmi nous! Il enrichira dorénavant l’émission avec des invités en prestation live et ce, chaque semaine. On est bouche bée et beaucoup trop contents! Première prestation LIVE :: Chloé Perrault / Dogwood Basement 819 | Entrevue Chloé Perrault / Dogwood by Basement819 on Mixcloud Festival de la Principale du 15 au 17 août... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Fevers by Melanie Broguet, courtesy the Fevers website.Photo of Fevers by Melanie Broguet, courtesy the Fevers website.

The rain isn’t sticking around for long, so there’s no excuse for missing a mini maker faire, a little treasures sale, a big wild challenge, or any of the other-sized events going on around town. There are myriad ways to tickle your funny bone this weekend, with My Summer Crush Improv heading into their three weeks of all comedy, all the time. Opening night is Thursday, followed by evening and late night shows all weekend long. Laughs for Animals is also happening this weekend, raising money for the Ottawa Humane Society.... | Continue reading article

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Review: The Powergoats album release party rocks Zaphod’s

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Michelle Richards and Jamie Douglas performing "Spin The Globe". Photo by Terry Steeves.Michelle Richards and Jamie Douglas performing "Spin The Globe". Photo by Terry Steeves.

As a musician immersed in the Ottawa music scene for the past 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of not only connecting, networking, and sharing the stage with fellow colleagues in the field, but to now have the opportunity of bringing their passions, pursuits, and performances to the public forefront as a music writer. During this experience, one thing has become clear to me: Ottawa is home to a growing wealth of musical talent, whose efforts are given the chance to flourish with the continued support of live music venues... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Ruleta by Lido Pimienta

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Lido Pimienta. Live at EmpyFest in Sarnia. Photo from the artist's Facebook page.Lido Pimienta. Live at EmpyFest in Sarnia. Photo from the artist's Facebook page.

Lido Pimienta is simply badass. Her music is dark and energetic. Often described as experimental pop – she creates a sound that blends afro-Colombian rhythms with electronic beats, chanting traditions of her indigenous ancestry and analog synths. I’m taken in by her ethereal vocals and outspoken on-stage banter. She will make you dance while urging political upheaval and self-reflection. Recently she opened a set at Wavelength with an alternate version of “Oh Canada” that sparked a bit of “controversy” over her intense political statements about nationalism. Following that, here she... | Continue reading article

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